Health Articles


How are NHS clinical and financial teams working together to narrow the funding gap?  Published December 2016, this feature looks at the impact of the Future Focused Finance programme.



Will joint venture partnerships between the NHS and the independent sector to deliver pathology services stay small or become larger in scale? Published in the December 2016 – January 2017 edition.

dec16-jan17-hm-pathology1 dec16-jan17-hm-pathology2

Does the Primary Care Home (PCH) model offer a real chance to deliver integrated primary care? Published in the November 2016 edition.

hmn_nov16primary-care-home1 hmn_nov16primary-care-home2

Will sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) put the NHS back on track – and in which areas is the independent sector best placed to help? Published in the October 2016 edition.

hm_october_2016-stps1 hm_october_2016-stps2

As the NHS seeks to contain costs, staffing agencies are responding with the launch of new divisions that act as partners providing advice and staff management solutions. Published in the August – Sept 2016 edition.


As child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) moves further up the mental health agenda, local collaborations are emerging between independent, NHS and third sector providers. Published in the July 2016 edition .


Why do private investors wanting to deliver new primary care developments think conditions are shifting in their favour? Published in the February 2016 edition.

HMn_February_2016 pg 14   HMn_February_2016 pg 15








In 2013, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) took over responsibility for commissioning NHS services. This feature for Health Adviser looked at how collaboration and risk management are key to operating effectively in a very challenging new healthcare commissioning environment.

Health Adviser June 2013
Health Adviser June 2013

Read the full article



In 2012 I reported for Guardian Professional, asking if hospital trusts risked permanent damage by seeking foundation trust status – focusing on the experience of the South London Healthcare Trust

Read the full article




In March 2013 I reported for the British Medical Journal on plans by the govenment to sell the UK’s state-owned blood plasma supply company. Concerned MPs said any sale would be a threat to patient safety, as the UK would be forced to buy its plasma supplies on the open market.

Read the full article




In 2013 I reported for the British Journal of Healthcare Management on two issues:

The first news feature asked if pathology services in England are fit for purpose, five years after Lord Carter’s review put the finishing touches to an inspiring vision. To what extent has his case for rationalisation and integration been realised and where’s the service heading?

The second news feature examined the evolving role of foundation trust governors following the publication of the Francis report into why serious problems in care at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust were not identified and acted on sooner. Do the governors, who are elected volunteers, have the skills and clout to avert crisis and protect patients?




The social care system is failing elderly people who live at home. This report for the June/July 2014 edition of Red Pepper asks if it’s time for a radical overhaul of the sector.

care001 care002